PSL 8: Sarfaraz calls Nawaz 'history maker captain'

Under Nawaz's captaincy, Quetta pull off record run-chase

By Web Desk
March 09, 2023
Sarfaraz Ahmed with Mohammad Nawaz during PSL 7 - PCB

Quetta Gladiators' regular captain Sarfaraz Ahmed praised Mohammad Nawaz who captain the side in his absence against Peshawar Zalmi in 25th match of the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 8 on Wednesday. 

Taking to Twitter after Quetta successfully chased down record 241 runs, Sarfaraz praised his players, especially Nawaz who captain the side for the first time in eight years. 

"Witness a fantastic T20 game. Master class Babar Azam. Stylish Saim Ayub. Elegant Hafeez Bhai. unbelievable commanding and powerful batting by Jason Roy. History maker captain Nawaz. Well done team Quetta," he wrote. 

For the first time in eight years, Sarfaraz missed a PSL game yesterday. The wicket-keeper batter got his finger injured while performing his duty behind the stumps. Naseem Shah's speedy delivery hit his finger which managed to escape fracture but ruled him from a game. 

According to his franchise, there was no fracture in Sarfaraz's finger but he had to take rest due to swelling. In his absence, Nawaz was given the captaincy and Quetta were lucky enough to pull off a convincing chase against Peshawar. 

Set to chase mammoth 241 runs, Quetta lost Martin Guptill earlier but Roy single-handedly did the job for his team. Roy, who rejoined Gladiators after representing his country in ODIs against Bangladesh, smashed a century off just 44 balls, the second-fastest in the Pakistan Super League (PSL)'s history.

The right-handed batter smashed Peshawar bowlers all around the park to set up a perfect show after his team was set to chase mammoth 241 runs in 20 overs. 

Roy just missed a chance to score fastest PSL century. The record remained with Multan Sultans' Rilee Rossouw who scored the century off 43 balls against Quetta Gladiators in 2020.

However, he managed to set a record for new highest individual score in the PSL. He remained unbeaten for 145 runs.